2030 sustainability agenda ratified

AIVP ratification AIVP members sign the AIVP Agenda 2030 sustainable commitments at AIVP's Riga conference. Image: AIVP
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Members of the Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP) have signed the 10 sustainable commitments that make up its Agenda 2030, taking the pioneering organisation closer to its goal of helping realise the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ratification, which took place in Riga during one of the annual "AIVP Days", represents a stronger commitment of AIVP members to the 10 commitments, aligned to the SDGs. Meanwhile, citizens expectations in port cities have become a crucial part of the common ground between international sustainability initiatives and will be the new guideline for the AIVP activities programme.

Speaking exclusively to Port Strategy, José M Pagés Sánchez, external strategic advisor for AIVP, said: “The fact that 50 organizations including port authorities, local authorities, professionals' organizations and private compagnies from 30 different countries assume this type of commitment demonstrates that we all agree that coordinated action is required, that our members identify themselves with the values AIVP defends, that are visible in the Agenda.”

He said AIVP want to work more closely with members so they can better share the challenges they face in working towards the 10 goals within a local context and the specific situations and barriers they are dealing with. AIVP also plan to build “social intelligence” on the work that members are already doing regarding various goals so that it can share this knowledge.

More operational

Plans are now in place to make the Agenda more operational and provide more guidance, for example setting out the minimal effort to achieve certain goals, how to be more ambitious answering to different goals simultaneously and providing best practise examples on the website.

Additionally, it will be exploring sustainability innovation across areas including governance solutions, evaluation methods, planning and technology, as well as increasing the global exposure of the Agenda and strengthening the connection with the UN and its sustainable development goals.

The next global conference will take place in the autumn of 2020 in Tangier, Morocco. Around 450 delegates from 50 different countries will discuss best practices to implement the goals of AIVP Agenda 2030 locally.

Mr Sánchez stressed that to really galvanise sustainable development and sustainable port city relationships, large corporations as well as citizens need to be engaged. He noted that bigger companies appear to be acting independently with regards to sustainability actions and therefore AIVP will be inviting some to the next global conference to foster a connection going forward. Likewise, AIVP aims to involve innovative start-ups developing new solutions for sustainable development.

AIVP places equal importance on citizen involvement and believes that citizens can play a role in projects related to goals not just related to citizen engagement.

“We intend to do this promoting port centres as the main contact points between port authorities, territorial bodies and citizens, and also supporting the use of “civic-tech”, to facilitate the engagement,” said Mr Sánchez.

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